In what has been an incredibly busy day for the Bruins, the team has decided to place underused defenseman Paul Postma on waivers. Postma joined the Bruins last summer on a one-year deal, but hasn’t dressed since December 13 and was surpassed on the depth chart early in the season.
Waivers today: Holland (NYR) clears. Chris Breen (BOS), Paul Postma (BOS), Jussi Jokinen (CBJ), Cody Golobeuf (CgY), Lance Bouma (CHI), Chris Stewart (MIN), Alex Burrows (OTT) on waivers.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 25, 2018
This move should not come as a surprise to anyone. It wasn’t going to be easy for Postma to solidify himself on Boston’s blueline to begin with, and the emergence of rookie Matt Grzelcyk did not help his case either. Furthermore, the acquisition of Nick Holden is probably what sealed Postma’s fate in Boston.
If Postma clears waivers, and we’ll know if he does tomorrow at noon, the P-Bruins will welcome him with open arms. They have lacked a sturdy right-handed defenseman all season long, and could use Postma’s experience to help their power-play.
The majority of Providence’s blueliners are left-handed. Connor Clifton has been the only right-handed defenseman dressing for Providence lately. AHL veteran Sena Acolatse has spent some time playing the right side, but has also been used as a forward.
Without a strong presence on the right side, rookies Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril have both spent some time playing their off side. Both have performed well doing this, but it makes a lot more sense to have the two develop in their natural positions. Captain Tommy Cross, another lefty, spends a lot of his time playing the right side as well.
While he might not have been spectacular in his twelve NHL games with Boston this season, the 29-year-old Postma can add a lot to the P-Bruins’ blueline. He has 203 NHL games under his belt, and has appeared in 226 games in the AHL. With several rookies on the blueline, Postma’s experience would be a good get for the P-Bruins.
The Bruins also placed P-Bruins defenseman Chris Breen on waivers after signing him to a two-way contract through the remainder of the season (he was on a standard AHL contract). Breen has been with Providence since 2014 and has nine NHL games under his belt.
If Breen clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to Providence, as stated in the tweet above. The two-way aspect of this deal will allow the Bruins to recall Breen if need be, however this seems unlikely unless the Bruins’ blueline gets decimated by injuries like last year (knock on wood).
We’ll know if Postma and Breen clear waivers tomorrow at noon.
So, after acquiring Rick Nash, signing Brian Gionta, and waiving Postma and Breen, this crummy New England Sunday has turned into a pretty busy day for Don Sweeney and the Bruins.